|Feb 22, 2013, 06:05 AM||#1|
ATV interface for watching episodic TV?
Am considering swapping over from PC to Mac (after 20+ years of PC!). I have terabytes of my ripped DVDs, blurays, TV shows etc sitting on a Netgear NAS box. Currently I use a Netgear NTV550 for streaming the media to the television, but not sure I'd be able to continue this method if I went the Mac route.
On the Netgear, the interface allows me to browse through the folders on the network, eg:
---------->CSI SE01E01 The Pilot (avi, mkv, etc)
---------->CSI SE01E02 Episode 2 (avi, mkv, etc)
I guess my question is, if I was to convert my entire collection to iTunes friendly format, how would the user experience be, on the Apple TV interface? Are there any example screenshots anywhere?
Appreciate any help you can give...and please be gentle, long-time PC user tip-toing carefully into Appleworld... :-)
|Feb 22, 2013, 10:18 AM||#2|
took some pics for u
(u can tell by the blue dot next to the file what u havent seen it yet)
the Movies menu is basically the same as TV Shows, sorted by "genre, name, unwatched
¡No hables a menos que puedas mejorar el silencio!
|Feb 22, 2013, 10:21 AM||#3|
Try Plex. It's seriously terrific. Only trick is that you need to have a server feeding the files to a device. Some NAS units support the server. And there's an iOS app that you can use to AirPlay media to the AppleTV.
Late 2013 15" Retina MBP; iPhone 5S; iPad Air
|Feb 22, 2013, 02:09 PM||#4|
|Feb 22, 2013, 02:37 PM||#5|
This way, I don't have to tie up a computer or iOS device to get Plex streaming.
|Feb 26, 2013, 05:32 AM||#6|
Thanks everyone for the advice...and for the screenshots. Much appreciated.
So am I reading correctly that I'm still better off converting my existing movies/TV collection to something more iTunes friendly?
All of my movie and TV files have an associated jpg and .NFO file. Is there a decent app which will convert this information into iTunes? The .NFO file includes fields like genre, director, description etc, would they be converted as well to iTunes friendly information?
I understand Handbrake seems to be the best choice for the actual media conversion...looks like my processor is gonna be busy!
|Feb 26, 2013, 06:59 AM||#7|
NFO files... pfft.
MacBook Air 13" (2013) Mac mini (2011) OS X Server + Drobo 5D
AirPort Time Capsule (2013) iPhone 5 TV 3
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